Connecticut - Staples High School Members of Teen Peaceworks Raise Funds for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center to Win First Place as Charity Champions
June 10, 2011
Westport, CT, June 10, 2011 - MSG Varsity and Power to Learn, along with State Representative Jonathan Steinberg and State Senator Toni Boucher, recognized students at Staples High School for their fundraising efforts and participation in Charity Champions, a program developed by Power to Learn that promotes volunteerism and encourages area high schools to raise funds for a charity. As Connecticut First Prize Winners, the school was presented with $2,500 to be donated by the Teen PeaceWorks Club to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.
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At the event, Cablevision Vice President of Government Affairs Adam Falk spoke about the Charity Champions program and Representative Steinberg and Senator Boucher discussed the importance of community service. Charity Champions Advisor Kelly Garrity then discussed the school's fundraising events. Teen PeaceWorks Club president Erin Gandelman reflected on how the fundraising events have impacted her individually and the school as a whole. Caitlin McArdle, a representative from the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, thanked the students for their efforts.
"These terrific students were responsible for Staples High School winning first place in Cablevision's Charity Champions program," said Representative Steinberg. "Each committed his or her time to raising funds for an important cause. Their efforts demonstrate that great things can be accomplished when we join together to benefit an organization like the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. I also want to thank MSG Varsity and Power to Learn for their generous donation and for providing our schools with the opportunity to participate in this program."
Senator Boucher added, "By supporting the human service efforts of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, these students have helped raise awareness of the importance of keeping all individuals in our communities safe from interpersonal violence. I applaud each of them for their dedication to this crucial service and commend Cablevision for bringing programs such as Charity Champions to schools in our area."